1) A headland, sometimes on the coast, but particularly a semi-circular piece of land around which a river flows.

It is found from the twelfth century in place-names such as Cotness and Reedness and is very common along the Ouse and its feeders. Typical examples of minor localities so called are at Rawcliffe and Wistow: 1272 infra villam et territorium de Drax in loco qui dicitur le Nesse ex opposite villć de Routheclif

1558 I gyve the lease & yeares which shalbe to come in the Nesse at Wistowe to ... my sonne in law.

places Wistow Rawcliffe
dates 1272 1558

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